Düsseldorf While most Europeans are asleep, the North American professional leagues are buzzing. What Happened That Night in American Football, Basketball, and Ice Hockey.
American Football: Kansas City Chiefs get narrow home win over Chargers in NFL
The Kansas City Chiefs also won their second game of the season in the NFL, beating the Los Angeles Chargers despite a difficult first half. At 27:24 on Thursday evening, the Chiefs were a long way behind in their first home game and didn’t seem as dominant as usual. In the end, star quarterback Patrick Mahomes still had two touchdown passes and 235 yards after throws. Justin Herbert on the Chargers team had three touchdown passes but also one interception.
The Chiefs benefited in particular from a pass intercepted by Justin Watson, who thus prevented a touchdown for the Chargers and scored himself. “There are a lot of great players and coaches on both teams. Everyone was ready,” said Chiefs pro Travis Kelce. “We have to do a few things better. That was a division rival, so it was very important. Otherwise, just one win and we have to keep going.”
Basketball: Board vice demands resignation of Suns owner Sarver
Phoenix Suns executive vice chairman Jahm Najafi has called for team owner Robert Sarver to step down. Because Sarver had made racist and sexist comments for years and treated employees of the basketball team unprofessionally, the NBA banned him for a year and fined him $ 10 million on Tuesday. Many players in the league find this punishment too mild. NBA superstar LeBron James also complained publicly.
Najafi wrote in an open letter on Thursday that he could not sit back and allow children and future generations of fans to think that Sarver’s behavior was being tolerated because of his wealth and privilege. “So, and consistent with my commitment to helping eradicate all forms of racism, sexism and prejudice, I, as Executive Vice President of the Phoenix Suns, call on Robert Sarver to resign,” Najafi wrote.
NBA boss Adam Silver described the punishment for Sarver on Wednesday as harsh but appropriate and pointed out that he knew more about the results of the investigation than the general public. He also emphasized that there are high constitutional hurdles in the United States for taking someone’s property – and Sarver, who owns the WNBA team Phoenix Mercury in addition to the Suns, is not an employee or managing director.